Big Pine and The Lower Keys Restaurant and Bar Information
Big Pine Key continues to retain the lure of the old Florida Keys – the funky atmosphere that was epitomized in earlier novels and films and may be the perfect place for your next vacation. Home to the endangered Key deer, the Big Pine area has never undergone the development like that has taken place in much of the Keys. It is very popular with visitors who like to boat, scuba, go snorkeling and diving.
The laid back restaurants in Big Pine keep to that aura – they are small, casual, and frequented by the locals. Cold beer, pizzas, and other everyday dishes are the norm here, and the décor is unpretentious and simple. Fish and seafood are prevalent here, as in all Florida Keys restaurants.
So many Big Pine area dining establishments have unusual names – such as Square Grouper (taken from the slang term familiar during the drug-smuggling era), Mangrove Mama’s, No Name Pub (on nearby No Name Key). But as in all areas of the Keys, the food leaves nothing to be desired. It is truely fantastic!
Just off the island of Big Pine Key is a private island, accessible only by ferry, with a luxury resort including a five-star restaurant. For those desiring true luxury, this is an evening that can’t be beat.Expect world class cuisine from the chef as well as impeccable service and accommodations from the resort.
For the everyday traveler, however, the small restaurants and grills that abound in the lower Keys comprising the Big Pine area provide a welcome variety of casual dining experiences for the whole family. For a taste of the old Florida Keys, Big Pine is the place to visit.
Big Pine is also just a short drive to Key West.